The government of Victoria, Australia has named former Department of Health Secretary Fran Thorn as chairwoman of the state’s new gaming regulator. Starting January 1, she will be charged with establishing the new Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC), which replaces the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
The decision to form a dedicated casino regulator followed a Royal Commission inquiry of Crown Melbourne. That probe found the operator unsuitable to retain its casino license but granted it two years in which to prove its suitability.
Thorn, formerly Victoria’s top health bureaucrat, will bring “extensive experience” to the new regulator, having previously designed and delivered significant government service reforms and worked across government in policy, planning, funding and regulation. Thorn has been appointed for an initial three-year term.